Overcome common winter excuses with these healthy solutions.
Take Action! What is the biggest excuse that is preventing you from maintaining your weight during the holiday season? Consider a solution and put it into practice.
Excuse: The weather. It’s cool, dreary and too dismal to exercise.
Solution: You don’t have to exercise outside. There are plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home, such as:
- Body weight exercises, like push-ups
- Cardio moves such as jumping jacks, high-knees or mountain climbers
- Use exercise videos and apps to find new workout ideas.
Excuse: Holiday food, sweets and treats.
Solution: Part of the reason that these foods are an excuse is because people feel they shouldn’t be eating them at all. Moderation is a much better approach than making them off-limits. If you allow yourself to eat for enjoyment some of the time, you’re more likely to stick to your healthy eating goals. Try adopting an 80/20 or 90/10 rule. Eat healthy for 80 or 90 percent of the time and indulge 20 or 10 percent.
Excuse: There’s too much going on. I don’t have time to stick to a routine.
Solution: There is always going to be a lot going on in life. If you make time an excuse now, you’re only going to make that same excuse later, too. Do what you can, when you can. Making healthy changes requires ending behaviors that you can t into your lifestyle. For example, after work you may have trouble finding time to exercise, but you always seem to have time to watch your favorite TV shows. Try doing both simultaneously by walking in place, or doing crunches or planks, in front of the TV.
Excuse: I’ll wait till the New Year.
Solution: This is a common excuse! However, one of the best ways to ensure you meet your New Year’s resolution is to start early. Think of the months ahead as practice so that you can hit your groove come January 1. Plus, if you spend the cooler months slacking off, eating unhealthy, and not being active, you’re only giving yourself more to deal with when you do decide to start. Set small, manageable goals throughout the winter to give yourself a head start!
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